Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 26, 1974 · Page 5
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Hope, Arkansas
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Thursday, September 26, 1974
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.-.if I fliufsday, September 26* Illinois college i§ saved HOPE tAKK.) Sf Aft Page MOUNT eARftOLU m. •«- Shiftier College announced last year that a decrease in en* roilmenl was forcing it to close the books on 120 years' tradi* lion. It had lost 3d students, But a clamor from students, faculty and alumni and $300,000 in donations forced trustees to take another look, So, a hew academic year has started for the tiny liberal arts school known for its emphasis on clas^ sic literature and innovative leaching programs, "We're so small that we didn't need millions to save it," said Ralph Hough, executive assistant to Shimer President Esther G. Weinstein. "Now our biggest problem is convincing people that we're not dead. There was a lot of publicity when we decided to close, but no one's said anything about our staying open." The school, which opened in September 1853, was slated to close Dec. 31, 1973. Students, parents and alumni donated the money; administrators pared budgets and the registrar launched a direct- mail recruitment campaign. "We had two $25,000 donations, but most of the money came in small gifts — $5, $10, a few $100 donations," said Hough. Fall enrollment climbed back to about 200, and the doors to the 16 aging buildings on the 40- acre campus stayed open. "For a school of 1,000 students, losing 30 isn't a big thing," Hough said. "But here it was a disaster." Officials hope the recruitment program will soon boost enrollment to about 400. The school boasts a one-to- nine faculty-student ratio, and offers little in the way of vocational majors, popular at larger schools. It pioneered early entrance programs for bright students. To graduate, a student must pass comprehensive examinations regardless of class credits compiled in his studies. Many students major in gen- ejsiii" elation., Athens;., follow; prelaw and premedical courses, Shimer is still not out of the woods, but it's no longer under the gun. Penal farm head, judge found guilty LITTLE ROCK (AP) —. Pulaski County Judge B. Frank Mackey and Supt. Marshall Cherry of the county penal farm were found guilty Wednesday of civil contempt of court for using convict labor to operate the penal farm. Judge J. Smith Henley of U.S. District Court held that Mackey and Cherry had violated the court order that closed the farm Jan, 31. The ruling came in response to a motion filed by the attorneys for a group of inmates over the use of convict labor at the penal farm from late May to mid-July. Henley ordered Mackey and Cherry to pay the court costs and expenses of the plaintiffs who had filed the suit after two inmates drowned in the Arkansas River while doing voluntary work at the farm. Henley did not award any attorney fees to the plaintiffs. Philip Kaplan, the plaintiffs' main attorney, said Wednesday night, he probably would appeal this part of the ruling. He said the attorneys' fees were about $2,000. Henley said Mackey and Cherry had purged themselves of the contempt by stopping the use of convict labor as soon as they were served with the plaintiffs' motion asking the court to hold the two in contempt. Henley also reaffirmed an order prohibiting the use of convict labor at the farm until it is brought up to constitutional standards. The judge said he did not consider that Mackey or Cherry deliberately disobeyed the orders of the court against using convict labor. Henley, therefore, cleared the two officials of any possible charge of criminal contempt of court. The whole incident may have arisen from a misunderstanding, he said. Annual Third District Livestock Show and Rodeo MOPE, ARKANSAS September 23-29, 1974 1 Bank robbery *plot 9 under investigation SCHEDULE OF EVENTS THlJi?§DA¥ 9:55 am Siwine Judging Schdbl Day Sheet) Judging Rodeo i;35 p.m. 2:06 p.m. 8:56 p.m. FRIDAY 9:66 a.m. 1:36 p.m. 8:66 p,rn, SATURDAY 10:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:66 p.m. 8:66 p,m, SUNDAY 9:66 a.m. Open feeef Judging Steer Judging Rodeo Junior Beef Barrow, Lamb & Fat Calf Sale Sonny Meyers' Show Talent Show — Junior and Senior Talent- Square Dancing (FREE) Rodeo Quarter Horse Show Fif i is worst disaster in Honduras' history By CHARLES GREEN Associated Press Writer h TEGUCIGALPA.Honduras— No one in Honduras paid much attention early last week as Hurricane Fifi crept through the Caribbean sea. It was just another storm to the 2.6 million people in this triangle-shaped Central American country. Fifi is gone. But Honduras, a nation reeking of poverty, is flat on its back with Fifi's name etched forever in the national memory, the worst disaster in Honduran history. The government estimates that 7,500-8,000 died. No one will ever know for sure how many perished. The National Emergency Committee said another 100,000 are homeless. No one knows how many people died of hunger after Fifi destroyed almost 50 per cent of the nation's food crops. The Hondurans were undernourished, hungry, in abject poverty, before the storm came. In their usual state of malnutrition they were not up to holding on for the three, four or five days it took for the floods to Tecede enough to get food and shelter to them. ' With almost half this season's corn and bean crops gone, the nation faces starvation. Poverty is common in Honduras; the average annual income is less than $260. Many peasants have almost no cash income; they live off their crops and by bartering. Beggars abound in the cities. Boys drop out of first grade to shine shoes to help buy food. People were warned about Fifi. But few paid attention. Only 10 days before, Hurricane Carmen skirted the coast without serious damage. Even if the barefoot, poorly clad people wanted to leave they had nowhere to go and no way to get there. Measured against other killer storms, Fifi was just a kitten. The storm had sustained winds of 125 miles an hour with gusts up to 140 m.p.h. Carmen's winds gusted up to 175 m.p.h. and there was no large loss of life. Turnback suit will be vacated LITTLE ROCK (AP) Chancellor Darrell Hickman of Pulaski County said Wednesday he would dismiss a suit challenging the validity of an act that provides that the dues owed by counties that joined the Association of Arkansas Counties would be 1 per cent of each county's state turnback funds. The law in question is Act 92 of 1969. Hickman said in a letter to Attorneys that the plaintiff could not bring the suit because Pulaski County does not belong to the association. The plaintiff is J. Bill Becker, president president of the state AFL-CIO. The letter said Pulaski County has not paid one dime towards the maintenance of the association and, therefore, Becker was in no position to claim that his tax money had been wrongfully used. The association attorney had questioned Becker's right to file a taxpayer's suit during the trial May 23. But, Becker's attorney argued that Becker paid state taxes and that part of his tax money therefore found its way back to some of the counties that do belong to the association through their turnback payments. Fifi did her damage with water. She dumped up to 24 inches of rain in 36 hours on northeastern Honduras. As Fifi's eye trudged slowly offshore, tides 15 feet above normal rose in the mangrove swamps, blocking the flow of the rivers. The torrential rain suddenly turned tranquil mountain streams into raging torrents. The streams flowed into the Ulua, Chamelecon and Aguan rivers, and the rivers had nowhere to go except over their banks. Damage throughout the country far surpassed the gross national product. Between 80 and 95 per cent of the banana crop was wiped out, with a loss of half a billion dollars. People tried to help. But the aid pouring in from other countries in plane after plane ran into bottlenecks. Only 20 per cent of the railroad lines survived. There are few paved roads. As the first week after the storm neared its end, reports came in of outbreaks of disease. Rotting bodies of the dead, animal and human, were taking their toll:" '^" J *"..". Lime ROCK (AP) - tj,s. Atty. W. H. "Sonny" tJillahuhty said Wednesday his office still was investigating "an alleged conspiracy to fob a bank." Dillahunly said n<3 indictment was returned in the case. The federal Grand Jury for the Eastern District of Arkansas, however, returned 58 "true bills" in 58 Other cases Wednesday, Dillahunty said. billahunty had been asked if his office was conducting an investigation into an alleged con* spiracy to rob a Jonesboro bank. He declined to reveal the bank's location, saying the ih» vestigation had begun only this week. "We're looking at it," he said. "This is a little premature. It's still in the embryo stage." At this point in the case, Dillahunty said, he did not "know who to believe. 1 need more information before I can make an intelligent presentation to the grand jury." The Jonesboro Sun said Wednesday that seven persons, including an FBI agent assigned to the Jonesboro area and a Jonesboro detective, testified Tuesday before the grand jury in connection with "an alleged conspiracy involving an attempted bank robbery" of the Indian Mall branch of the Citizens Bank of Jonesboro on Sept. 12. Dillahunty said seven persons had testified before the grand jury in connection with the alleged conspiracy. He would not say if the persons were law enforcement officers. The Sun said Milford Runnels, senior special agent assigned to the Jonesboro FBI office, and Det. Sgt. Larry Hendrix of the Jonesboro Police Department testified before the grand jury along with five other men who live in or near the Jonesboro area. Walter DeRoeck, president of the Citizens Bank, told the Sun that an officer of the bank was contacted about 6 a.m. on Sept. 12 by an FBI agent and was told the FBI had received information the branch bank would be robbed shortly after it was 1 scheduled to open later, that morning. DeRoeck said the bank offk cef was asked to prepare a quantity of "fake bills" to be used as bait for the robber. An FBI agent allegedly was to have picked up the bills about 1 a.m. at the main office of the bank. When the agent didn't arrive, DeRoeck said, the bank officer contacted the FBI and was told the plans had changed, the Sun said. DeRoeck said he was notified about 9 a.m. that at least one person was taken into custody and that employes could report to work. No formal charge has been filed. The grand jury is to be in recess until January, Dillahunty said. The recess will allow time for more interviews in the case, he said. The grand jury can be called back into special session at any time. Dillahunty also said the grand jury was investigating an alleged insurance fraud scheme in the Little Rock area. He said more information would be released soon. He said one indictment was returned against Elton Christley, 23, of West Memphis for the alleged possession of M14 military rifles evidently stolen from a high school ROTC unit at Memphis. He said he could not remember from which Memphis school the rifles had been taken, but said he believed it was either Wliitehaven or Snowden. Dillahunty also said Clovis C. Hainey, 60, of Flippin had been indicted in an alleged bomb threat Aug. 28 at the Ft. Roots Veterans Administration Hospital at North Little Rock. Dillahunty also said at least one person of "some prominence" was indicted, but that no name could be released because the person had not been arested. He said the person was in the southern part of the district. The largest collection of credit cards is one of 270, all different, acquired by Walker Cavanaugh of San Mateo, Calif. 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Sale 9.90 Reg. $11.98 Our matching quilt lined worK jacket. In a no- iron polyester/cotton army twill. Find lots of great colors for men's sizes S,M,L,XL. •M , ( 20% off all robes, lounge wear. Sale 4.80,15.20 Reg. $6.00 to $19-00. Here's some eye-opening savings on women's robes and loungewear. Select from our entire ^stocK. Many, ••(•• styles including floor lengths, empire waists and others. All in polyesters, ( nylons or'blends. Fashion j colors in juniors and misses sizes. fate 20% off men's flannel shirts, Sale 4.75 Reg. 5.98. Woven flannel shirt. In machine washable cotton/polyester. Long point collar. Great selection of plaids. S,M,L,XL. STORE HOURS 9AWW?30PM MON-SAT SHOP CATALOG PHONI 777*8631 CHAtGi It

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